The Town of Claremont is the latest council to ban fake lawns from its verges after a jump in residents wanting to install artificial turf to save on water and maintenance costs.
The ban was unanimously supported at this week's council meeting after a report argued artificial turf was bad for the environment and could create a hazard if not properly cared for.
The decision follows a similar move by the Town of Victoria Park late last year. Many other councils require residents to apply for permission to install turf, which is then assessed case by case.
The report to Claremont council said fake turf required a "huge amount of energy" to be produced, was made from petrochemicals, could not be recycled or re-used and could become a trip hazard when damaged or worn.
It also flagged potential financial implications for the council.Justin Everley, director of Perth-based synthetic grass maker Green Planet Grass, said many people wanted synthetic lawn on their verges. He said properly installed synthetic lawn would not have any safety issues and his company's product was recyclable.
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